Amber & Chris’ elegant wedding at Edmonton’s Oasis Centre had a few interesting highlights: Fireworks, a food truck, security kicking us out of a parkade, and a stripper pole in the limo!  The Oasis is a beautiful venue.  The amenities and beautiful gardens out back made it easy for Amber & Chris to host both their ceremony and reception there.

I think Chris knew within about 5 minutes of meeting Amber that he was going to marry her, and the feeling was mutual. They had a quick courtship, and a beautiful baby girl, and made it official with their wedding in August.  Chris booked me over the phone in about 10 minutes without ever meeting me, so I get the impression that when he knows what he wants he goes after it!  When I met them at their engagement session I knew we were going to have an awesome time at the wedding, and my second shooter Tessa and I certainly did!

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I got to go up on the roof of the Oasis Centre to get some aerial shots of the champagne reception after the wedding! 2 rickety ladders…it was worth it.

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  1. Chris & Amber Cogswell posted the following on August 15, 2014 at 9:50 am.

    Look great, cant wait to see the rest! :)

  2. Ottawa Photographer, Black Lamb posted the following on August 16, 2014 at 7:50 am.

    These are awesome wedding photos. It looks like this was a fun wedding to shoot.


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For starters, I don’t need to tell you how gorgeous this couple and their bridal party are. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Bethany and Tej had me shoot their elegant wedding events in the weeks surrounding their wedding ceremony in Mexico. While I did not shoot the wedding ceremony, I did get to witness a dramatic difference in everyone’s skin colour from the pictures from the first week to the second.

The decor at their Westin Edmonton reception was by Kim from A Chair to Remember, and it was over the top stunning!

Thank you to Melissa for doing such a great job shooting their reception with me.

- Michael

Decor: A Chair To Remember
Florals: Wild Orchid
Hair & Makeup: Sen Studios

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This is a super cool picture for us, it encompasses a past groom, current groom, and future groom!  We shot Kevin’s (left) wedding reception about 4 years ago, and are shooting Jatinder’s (right) wedding at the end of the month. It’s a Shandro Photo hat-trick!

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Behind the scenes with Michael & Melissa (thanks to Kim for a few of these shots)!

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  1. Cathy Chamberlain posted the following on August 15, 2014 at 5:50 pm.

    You have captured the amazing beauty that these 2 people emminate whenever they walk through a room. The decor is an amazing backdrop fitting for Bethany and Tej .
    Can’t wait to see the Mexico pictures.
    Aunt Cathy


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From the first meeting that I had with Kristyn and Joel I knew that their wedding would be a great time. They were naturally chilled out sitting on the couch in our studio and we hit it off immediatly. Their wedding ceremony was a chance for family to gather under the big tree on a hot and sunny day at the beautiful Devonian Gardens 

Kristyn and Joel’s reception was a fun filled event. Much of the family had come from out of town. I experienced my first bun tossing. The family started a tradition last year at Joel’s sister’s wedding whereby they throw buns at each-other. I have to admit, it was pretty fun. I got a couple of buns thrown at me and even got a sneak-attack in at one of the guests at my table.

Thank you to me second shooter Tessa, I had a great day working with you in the sweltering sun. And a special thank you to Kim who assisted us on the day.

- Michael

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Michael really enjoyed photographing Kristy & Jason for their engagement session. Kristy’s mom surprised her with the shoot as a gift!  What a thoughtful gift for a bride-to-be before her wedding. These two just bought a house together as well, what an exciting time in their lives! We wish them all the best at their wedding.

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I love bright vibrant colour, and I love true genuine emotions, and Jasmine & Paul’s wedding had both of those elements in abundance. Paul is such a gentle man, and absolutely adores Jasmine.  She is graceful and sweet.  I had an awesome week with both of them and their families.  There were guests from all over the world!

This wedding was also pretty special because there were quite a few of our former couples and their relatives there! It was awesome to see so many familiar faces.

This was my first chance to work at the new Edmonton Doubletree Hilton since it was renovated, it was beautiful and the staff was very friendly and helpful. I look forward to going back!

I always feel extra grateful to my second shooters to work multi-day weddings with me, sometimes it’s like running a marathon! Thanks Melissa for running around like a crazy person with me, and always keeping me laughing, and Kelsey for helping out at the reception.

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So….we’re all standing up. No one is on tip-toes, and I’m not crouching.  Maybe a new hashtag…. #tinyweddingphotographer?

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Behind the scenes! Photobombs by our friends at Style Video, Jasmine checking out my biggest lens, cameo by one of my favourite DJs, and a little bit of silliness at the reception.

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Jasmine & Paul were married on the August long weekend, and just shortly beforehand we squeezed in an engagement session, partially so that they would have some beautiful prints to display at their reception!  I’m super excited to share their wedding photos (which I’ll be blogging next week!) and in the meantime here is their fun urban engagement shoot in downtown Edmonton.

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  1. Rajendra posted the following on August 9, 2014 at 12:43 am.

    Cute couple


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Angela & Ryan are just plain awesome.  They’re both classy and sophisticated, but certainly know how to have a good time. Their bridal party is like a close-knit family, and from the sounds of it can be found at Angela & Ryan’s on any given weekend watching football.  We started off the day with a small traditional Chinese tea ceremony at Angela & Ryan’s home. The team at Elegant Touches helped them to put on a beautiful ceremony and reception at the Matrix Hotel downtown.  The bride’s friend Amy did ALL the girls’ hair and makeup (they looked amazing!), and florals are by Laurel’s.

 

I’m going to open up a little bit here – there was a portion of the wedding that I was dreading.  Angela’s mom passed away last spring, and they scheduled some time during the day to visit her grave.  I completely understand why, and I think it’s a fantastic way to incorporate Angela’s mom into the wedding, but I was worried about how I would handle it, having lost my own father almost 5 years ago.  I tried to keep it together, after all this moment was about Angela and her mom, and not about me and my dad. In the end I just let the tears pour down my face as I was shooting.  They’re welling up now as I’m writing this.  Grief over the loss of a parent is something that has connected me to a few of my clients and friends, and I feel absolutely honoured to have been a part of the ceremony with Angela’s mom.  Going to the cemetery was important, and I hope our photos will serve as a reminder of how much Angela’s mom was missed, loved, and thought of on their wedding day.  Very special thanks to Angela & Ryan for their understanding (and hugs) as I struggled a little bit at that moment, and to Sam for helping me along the way.

 

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The groomsmen and MC’s wrote and performed an incredible rendition of Iggy Azalea’s Fancy dedicated to Ryan and Angela (mostly making fun of Ryan though).  We’re NOT videographers, but Sam recorded the whole thing and you can see it here (seriously impressive guys!)

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  1. Rajendra posted the following on August 7, 2014 at 1:37 am.

    Expressions well captured…

  2. Kendra posted the following on August 7, 2014 at 2:21 pm.

    Okay this is beautiful, but Im not gonna lie, I was sorta hopeful this was going to be matrix themed. >.< heh heh


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Heather and Kyle were Michael’s coworkers at his last day job (seven years ago!). Since then they got married and had their first son. They lovingly refer to their extended family as the “Anderchucks”. Michael spent some time catching up with them at their character home for an extended family shoot.

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  1. Rajendra posted the following on August 6, 2014 at 11:11 am.

    Great family photos… Family congregation is a celebration time well captured in these photographs…


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To say that we had fun at this wedding is an understatement.  I can safely say that by the end of the night I had made a few new friends, and there are a few stories that are going to stay within the four walls of the Polish Country Lodge.

Bethany & Trystan are two of the kindest people you will ever meet. Their love story spans over a decade: they had met and lost touch and reunited again much to the delight of their parents.  We spent the morning at Trystan’s parents’ house out in the country, and had such an amazing time taking photos out there. I felt so relaxed and happy, the time flew by and we barely felt like we were working. Everywhere we turned there was somewhere interesting to shoot.  I love everything about the ensembles that Bethany & Trystan chose, from her custom belt to his light grey suit, and their matching cowboy boots.

The reception was like a family reunion with lots of stories being traded back and forth.  And one of my old colleagues from my biochemistry days was there as well!  It was one of those weddings where we just felt like part of the group. It was a truly wonderful day, and one of my highlights from the summer (so far)! Thanks to my second shooter Sam for his hard work, fabulous photos, and always epic dance moves.

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  1. Rajendra posted the following on August 5, 2014 at 12:04 pm.

    Rustic beauty – I loved the photographs…


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Allison & Brandon had a small wedding surrounded by those closest to them. We always feel so honoured when couples choose to hire us for smaller weddings. We know the amount of time, energy, money, and organization that goes into any wedding, and when couples choose to have an intimate wedding and really value photography, we always appreciate it so much.  No matter the size of the wedding, photography is important!  They had a beautiful ceremony at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, and headed to the river valley with Michael for photos.  I love Allison’s beautiful lace dress, perfect for a hot summer wedding!

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